2017 Beat the Backlist TBR!

I always want to join 20000000 challenges each year, but I don’t often stick with them. So I kept telling myself to not join too much for 2017. And here I am. Already joining a challenge. NO REGRETS. (Does anyone else always think about that dude in We’re the Millers who had ‘no ragrets’ tattooed on his chest?) But I feel like this challenge is in line with my never-ending hope to read my entire TBR of physical copies. Here’s the thing. I was so happy I’d gotten my hard-copy-tbr below 80, and then I bought 11 books. Yup. I feel like I can’t post this tbr before December, because I don’t have a clue which of my books I’ll end up reading before the year of 2016 is over. Here we go. 

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The Beat the Backlist challenge was created by Austine @ Novel Knight! This links you back to the sign up post for the challenge. The challenge is to read those books that have been on your tbr for a while. The only rule is that the book must have been released prior to 2017 -and obviously the challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2017. 

Also, she has created a mini challenge to go along with this one, to battle for the Hogwarts House Cup! I will definitely be participating -Hufflepuff for the win. 

What is my goal?

So what do I want to achieve? I want to get my tbr down to 45, if possible even lower. I’m hoping 45, that would be around half of what I have at the moment. I’m only counting hard copies in my challenge by the way, not ebooks. If I end up with 10 or 20 or 5 books on my tbr, I’ll be elated. But if I get it down to 45, I’ll still be overjoyed. 

What’s on said tbr? 

So here we go, a list of all the hard copies I have. Like I said, I’m not planning on reading all of them -at least I don’t think I’ll be able to. 

A

Alice Oseman – Radio Silence
Alison Croggon – Books of the Pellinor #1 – The Gift
Alma Katsu – The Taker #1 – The Taker
Alma Katsu – The Taker #2 – The Reckoning
Anne Bishop – Black Jewels #1 – Daughter of the Blood
Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

B

Bram Stoker – Dracula
Brandon Sanderson – Stormlight Archive #1 – The Way of Kings
Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn #3 – The Hero of Ages
Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn #4 – The Alloy of Law
Brent Weeks – Night Angel #2 – Shadow’s Edge
Brian McClellan – Powder Mage #1 – Promise of Blood
Brian Staveley – Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1 – The Emperor’s Blades

C

Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Cemetary of Forgotten Books #2 – The Angel’s Game
Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
Cheryl Strayed – Wild
China Miéville – Kraken
Cinda Williams Chima – Seven Realms #1 – The Demon King
Conn Iggulden – Wars of the Roses #1 – Stombird
Conn Iggulden – Wars of the Roses #2 – Trinity
Conn Iggulden – Emperor #1 – The Gates of Rome
Courtney Summers – All the Rage

D

Dave Eggers – The Circle
David Gibbins – Jack Howard #5 – The Mask of Troy
Den Patrick – Erebus Sequence #1 – The Boy With the Porcelain Blade
Diana Gabaldon – Outlander #7 – An Echo in the Bone
Django Wexler – The Shadow Campaigns #1 – The Thousand Names
Dora Levy Mossanen – The Last Romanov

E

Elizabeth Kostova – The Swan Thieves
Ellen Hopkins – Triangles

F

Fiona McIntosh – Valisar #2 – Tyrant’s Blood

G

Gail Z. Martin – Fallen Kings #1 – The Sworn
Geoff Ryman – The King’s Last Song
Glen Cook – Chronicles of the Black Company #1 – The Black Company
Guy Gavriel Kay – Tigana

H

Hanna Rosin – The End of Men 

I

J

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion
J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan
Jandy Nelson – I’ll Give You the Sun
Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
Jane Green – The Love Verb
Jeff Vandermeer – Southern Reach #1 – Annihilation
Jennifer Weiner – Best Friends Forever
Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist
Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer – Between the Lines #1 – Between the Lines
John Scalzi – Lock In
Jonathan Maberry – Rot & Ruin #1 – Rot & Ruin
Joy Preble – Dreaming Anastasia #1 – Dreaming Anastasia
Joy Preble – Dreaming Anastasia #2 – Haunted

K

Karen Marie Moning – Fever #1 – Darkfever
Kate Mosse – Languedoc #2 – Sepulchre
Katherine Addison – The Goblin Emperor
Katherine Howe – The House of Velvet and Glass
Katherine Neville – The Eight #2 – The Fire
Kathryn Stockett – The Help
Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns 

L

Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3 – Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Linda Howard – Cry No More
Louise Bagshawe – Desire

M

M.C. Scott – Rome #2 – The Coming of the King
Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Trilogy #2 – The Winner’s Crime
Mark Lawrence – The Broken Empire #1 – Prince of Thorns
Martha Brockenbrough – The Game of Love and Death
Mazarkis Williams – Tower & Knife #2 – Knife Sworn
Meg Gardiner – Jo Beckett #4 – The Nightmare Thief
Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park #1 – Jurassic Park
Miles Cameron – Traitor Son Cycle #2 – The Fell Sword

N

Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter

O

P

Patrick Rothfuss – Kingkiller Chronicles #2 – The Wise Man’s Fear
Philip Carter – Altar of Bones
Philippa Gregory – Cousin’s War #4 – The Kingmaker’s Daughter
Philippa Gregory – Order of Darkness #1 – Changeling
Philippa Gregory – Tudor Court #1 – The Constant Princess

Q

R

Ralph McInerny – Rosary Chronicles #1 – The Third Revelation
Raymond E. Feist – Riftwar Saga #1-2 – Magician
Robin Hobb – Farseer #3 – Assassin’s Quest
Robin Hobb – Liveship Traders #1 – Ship of Magic
Robyn Young – Insurrection #1 – Insurrection
Robyn Young – Insurrection #2 – Renegade

S

Scarlett Thomas – Our Tragic Universe
Sherrilyn Kenyon – Chronicles of Nick #2 – Invincible
Soman Chainani – The School for Good and Evil #1 – The School for Good and Evil
Sophie Hannah – Spilling CID #7 – Kind of Cruel
Stephen R. Lawhead – Dragon King #1 – In the Hall of the Dragon King

T

Tess Gerritsen – Tavistock Family #2 – Stolen
Thomas Steinbeck – In the Shadow of the Cypress

U

V

W

X

Y

Z


Like I said, I’m not planning on reading all of these. These are just the unread books I have on my shelf, and I want to read them. I want to read at least 45 to 50 of these, that’s my goal for this challenge. When I acquire more backlist books next year, I’ll add them to the list. When I have read and reviewed one, I’ll strike it through and add a link to my review. Or if I end up reading one of my books before 2017I’ll remove them from the list.

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33 thoughts on “2017 Beat the Backlist TBR!

  1. There are so many great titles on your TBR! I’ll Give You The Sun, The Miniaturist, Rot & Ruin, A Thousand Splendid Suns… And I should add The Wise Man’s Fear to my goals as well; it’s been way too long since I finished the first book.

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  2. I really liked The Goblin Emperor, just be warned that the world building is very involved – and sometimes confusing, especially with the naming. But it was a really good book that I HIGHLY recommend. (It’s not a really action-y book, though, so be prepared for that, too.)

    I wish you lots of luck with your reading. I know how helpful this kind of stuff can be because I did a challenge a bit like this this year and combined with a book buying ban it majorly cut my TBR down. So I hope you manage to get everything read you want to!

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  3. I don’t review ARCs so my entire reading style/plan is based on trying to clear my TBR piles. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever come close though! Good luck with the challenge. There’s some wonderful books on your list 🙂

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  4. I should do this. I mean, I have SO MANY unread books at home!

    I actually really enjoyed The Scarlet Letter, though it’s a hard book to read. I’d give it a try if I was you! 🙂

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  5. I definitely need to do some sort of challenge like this! I keep accumulating more and more books and a) I don’t have the space to put them in my room and b) I don’t have the time to read them all. If I could get my physical TBR down half of what it is today by the end of 2017, either by reading them or giving the ones I don’t want anymore away, I would be ecstatic.
    Best of luck with the challenge, and happy reading! 🙂

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  6. This is a really good idea! Might have to consider giving this a go. I highly recommend you reading The Time Traveler’s Wife, Dracula, Jane Eyre and A Thousand Splendid Suns – all books that I know and absolutely love 🙂

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  7. Ohhh, I really want to read Brandon Sanderson books but it’s so big and I already have a long list of books to read next year. I can’t wait to see what you think of his books.

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